Lostland Run Trail, Potomac State Forest

For my friend Kim’s birthday, we cloistered ourselves at her family’s cabin at Deep Creek Lake. One of the weekend’s activities was Lostland Run Trail in the Potomac State Forest, a 7 miles jaunt down to the north branch of the Potomac River and back up. We stopped at a wine and cheese shop on the way to the trailhead, which should give you an idea of how the day went. The descent was lovely, but we were all exhausted when we got to the Potomac, so we walked back up the road that parallels the trail. There were fun bouncy suspension bridges!

Total distance: 6.44 mi
Max elevation: 2367 ft
Min elevation: 1808 ft
Total climbing: 1426 ft
Total descent: -1423 ft
Average speed: 2.93 mi/h
Total time: 04:29:36

There is a beautiful wide waterfall.

Possibly more than one.

Captain Midnight’s nose on the road.

When we got down to the Potomac, the cheese and wine was consumed

Captain Midnight was so tired he laid down on the rocks. Frankly, everyone was so tired they laid down on the rocks.

Cahill’s Irish porter was voted Best Cheese of the Hike.

Mmmmm cheese.


Distance6.4 miles
Elevation Gain738 feet
Moving Time2 hours, 41 minutes
Total Time3 hours, 39 minutes
Average Pace34 minutes per mile / 2.4 mph


PackCamelBak Aventura hydration pack
NavigationPhone 6 with AllTrails Pro
ShoesHoka One One Challenger ATR 5 trail running shoes
Used Poles?No
ClothesSocks: Injinji Trail Midweight Mini Crew Toesocks



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